In the 1970s, Dr. Paa Kwasi Ndoum (one of Ghana’s super rich folks) went to the US on a one year scholarship with the aim of studying medicine.
He was doing other jobs to be able to pay for his living expenses as a student. One day after work, he was washing his hands in the washroom when a guy came in to also wash his hands and they started to have a conversation. The guy asked him if he would be interested in a job opportunity. The guy happened to be a recruiter who worked in the same building and was looking for people for a company called Touche Ross.
The guy helped to set up an interview for Ndoum with the partner at Touche Ross and Dr. Ndoum got the job. In his own words to Forbes Africa, he says “It was just an accidental meeting in the men’s room.”
According to Forbes Africa,”Touche Ross later became Deloitte Touche, one of the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms with revenues of $36.8 billion, according to research company, Gartner. Dr. Nduom worked his way up to become a partner in the firm where he would learn his most important business skill, the art of selling.”
Lesson: Most of us ignore a simple conversation with people. We sit in public transport and we do not even want our bodies to touch the next person sitting next to us. We give straight forward responses to people we meet in planes or buses or washrooms just to avoid conversations with people we do not know. Let us be careful and be conscious of our actions towards people we do not know. We feel too big to talk to people, I am not excluded either. Do not let the little power you have make you act rude to people below you. A simple courtesy towards someone can lead you to generational wealth. The world is a small place.
Credit: Forbes Africa